Oneworld member and Qantas partner Malaysia Airlines will stop flying to Amsterdam and Paris next year and instead leverage its existing partnerships with KLM and British Airways, as well as signing a new codeshare deal with Emirates.
Malaysia Airlines' MH16/19 Amsterdam service will be scrapped from January 26 2016, along with the MH20/21 flights to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport.
Amsterdam-bound passengers will be funnelled onto KLM, a codeshare partner of Malaysia Airlines which flies non-stop from Kuala Lumpur at a similar time to the cancelled MH service.
Travellers bound for Paris could instead fly with Malaysia Airlines to London Heathrow on the Airbus A380 and then connect with Oneworld partner British Airways to complete the final leg of their journey.
From February 1 2016, Malaysia Airlines will also begin codesharing on Emirates’ flights from Kuala Lumpur to Dubai and then onward to destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas, providing passengers with more choice over when and where they travel.
“The strategic partnership paves the path towards an integrated customer proposition offering for both airlines,” said Malaysia Airlines CEO Christoph Mueller.
“The improved connectivity will enable Malaysia Airlines customers to reach up to 38 destinations in Europe on a daily and even double daily basis for key European cities such as Zurich, Rome, Munich, Frankfurt, Madrid, and Barcelona.”
Passengers with Malaysia Airlines flight bookings to Amsterdam and Paris are advised to call 132 627 to discuss their travel plans and to make alternate arrangements.
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